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Damage to mitochondria can trigger self destruct signal in cells.
Damage to mitochondria can trigger self destruct signal in cells.
Scholieren naar Hannover Messe
Date:23 April 2019

De vijf groepen leerlingen die met hun profielwerkstuk genomineerd waren voor de Jan Kommandeurprijs mochten op 1 en 2 april mee naar de Hannover Messe Challenge.

New compound allows bacterial communication to be controlled by light
Date:15 April 2019

Scientists from the University of Groningen have succeeded in incorporating a light-controlled switch into a molecule used by bacteria for quorum sensing – a process by which bacteria communicate and subsequently control different cellular processes.

High throughput method to produce and screen engineered antimicrobial lanthipeptides
Date:02 April 2019

Molecular biologists from the University of Groningen and their colleagues in Switzerland and Germany have now developed a pipeline to create and screen large numbers of new lantibiotic peptides. A description of the method and the first results were published on 1 April in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.

Meteorieten en darmbacteriën winnaars FameLab 2019
Date:04 April 2019

Dit jaar vond de Groningse voorronde van van de internationale wedstrijd in wetenschapscommunicatie FameLab plaats in het Universiteitsmuseum, op 28 maart. Tijdens de avond kwamen allerlei onderwerpen langs, zoals de hypothese dat wij ons in een zwart gat bevinden, of het idee dat darmbacteriën ons blij kunnen maken.

Science LinX newsletter April 2019
Date:28 March 2019

Science LinX newsletter for April 2019

Jouw toekomstige baan vinden tijdens de Bèta Business Days
Date:25 March 2019

De 32ste editie van de Bèta Business Days vond plaats op 11 en 12 maart. Bètastudenten stroomden de MartiniPlaza binnen om zich onder te dompelen in hun toekomstige carrièremogelijkheden.

De kloof tussen maatschappij en wetenschap overbruggen
Date:22 March 2019

Het 8e lustrum van de zes RUG Wetenschapswinkels is op donderdag 21 maart groots gevierd in het Universiteitsmuseum.

Making solar cells can be like buttering bread
Date:21 March 2019

Formamidinium lead iodide is a very good material for photovoltaic cells, but getting the correct and stable crystal structure is a challenge. Now, University of Groningen scientists, led by Professor of Photophysics and Optoelectronics Maria Antonietta Loi, think they have cracked it.

Getting help with the kids slows down ageing in female birds
Date:21 March 2019

Seychelles warblers live and breed in family groups. In each group, a dominant female and male reproduce. When helpers assist the with incubation and feeding of chicks, the dominant female breeders age more slowly and live longer, a study by biologists from the University of Groningen and colleagues from the Universities of East Anglia, Leeds, Sheffield and Wageningen shows. The results, which are published in the journal Nature Communications, indicate how cooperative breeding – which also occurs in other species, including humans – can increase life span.

Molecular motors run in unison in a metal-organic framework
Date:18 March 2019

Organic chemists at the University of Groningen have succeeded in integrating numerous unidirectional light-driven rotary motors into a metal-organic framework (a solid material with a 3D cage-like structure). Details of their discovery were published on 18 March, in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

Subsidie voor onderzoek ziekte van Huntington
Date:15 March 2019

Vorige week werd bekend dat adjunct hoogleraar Patrick van der Wel van de RUG een subsidie van 250.000 euro heeft ontvangen van het Campagneteam Huntington, een organisatie die via crowdfunding geld ophaalt voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek naar de ziekte van Huntington.

How a mitochondrial enzyme can trigger cell death
Date:14 March 2019

Using solid-state NMR, University of Groningen Associate Professor Patrick van der Wel and colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh have discovered how the enzyme cytochrome c induces programmed cell death.

Novel potent antimicrobial from thermophilic bacterium
Date:12 March 2019

University of Groningen microbiologists and their colleagues from Lithuania have discovered a new glycocin, a small antimicrobial peptide with a sugar group attached, which is produced by a thermophilic bacterium and is stable at relatively high temperatures.

Two papers describe how a membrane protein can move both lipids and ions
Date:07 March 2019

In a new study, published in two back-to-back papers in the journal eLife , Cristina Paulino, head of the cryo-EM unit at the Structural Biology department at the University of Groningen, reveals how a protein family can either transport ions, or both ions and lipids.

Student designs DIY finger exoskeleton
Date:07 March 2019

University of Groningen Biomedical Engineering student Sander Hekkelman designed an ‘exoskeleton’ that can support a finger.

Science LinX newsletter March 2019
Date:28 February 2019

Science LinX newsletter for March 2019

Better understanding of spin transfer to non-conducting magnets
Date:27 February 2019

A new study by scientists from the Universities of Groningen and Manchester, which was published in Applied Physics Letters on 21 February 2019, shows how best to study this transfer from electonspins to a non-conductive magnet.

Telescopes to hunt for origin of gravitational waves assembled in Groningen
Date:26 February 2019

At the SRON Groningen workshop, scientists and technicians have assembled three survey telescopes to look for the optical source of gravitational waves.

Secondary school pupils become citizen scientists
Date:21 February 2019

In September 2017, Science LinX started an EU-funded project to involve secondary school pupils and their teachers from the Netherlands, Spain and Cyprus in research as real ‘citizen scientists’. Project leader Maaike de Heij explains what has been done so far.

Nanopores make portable mass spectrometer for peptides a reality
Date:19 February 2019

University of Groningen scientists have developed nanopores that can be used to directly measure the mass of peptides. An article on this discovery was published on 19 February in Nature Communications.

How poppy flowers get those vibrant colours that entice insects
Date:08 February 2019

University of Groningen scientists Casper van der Kooi and Doekele Stavenga used microscopy and mathematical models describing how light interacts with petals of poppies, to find out how the vibrant colours are created.

How gut bacteria affect the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
Date:18 January 2019

In a study published on 18 January in the journal Nature Communications, scientists from the University of Groningen show that gut bacteria can metabolize levodopa into dopamine. As dopamine cannot cross the blood-brain barrier, this makes the medication less effective.

Feringa’s motors in the news
Date:19 December 2017

Chemical & Engineering News (a publication of the American Chemical Society) recently published two articles on papers by Ben Feringa: one about a muscle that is flexed by molecular motors and the other about a new environmentally friendly process that makes useful building blocks for plastic and pills.

‘Ridiculously busy is the new normal here’
Date:03 October 2017

Secretary Tineke Kalter was the first UG staff member to hear that Ben Feringa had been awarded the Nobel Prize. The effects are still noticeable a year later. ‘We still receive dozens of requests every day.’

In search of the basis of life
Date:20 September 2017

Egbert Boekema has spent almost his entire academic career working on a single problem: elucidating the structure of the proteins responsible for photosynthesis. His official farewell was on 27 September.

New research centre on the origins of life, the universe and everything
Date:12 April 2017

The Origins Centre will tackle questions submitted to the National Science Agenda about the origin of life on Earth and in the Universe. A number of scientists from the University of Groningen have a leading role in this Centre. Part 1 of a series: the background to the Origins Centre.

Images of Nobel-winning motors by Ben Feringa
Date:20 December 2016

University of Groningen / Science LinX present five images for Nobel-winning motors by Ben Feringa

Ben Feringa awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Date:05 October 2016

Ben Feringa is awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Spinoza prize winner Bart van Wees: Innovative, smaller and better
Date:13 June 2016

Bart van Wees, Professor of Physics of Nanodevices at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen, is one of the four recipients of this year’s NWO Spinoza Prize, the highest distinction in Dutch academia. His research stems from his curiosity about the behaviour of electrons inside new materials, but he has always had at least half an eye on practical applications.

Watch our graphene trilogy!
Date:07 November 2013

Science LinX presents three graphene videos.

Chemical evolution
Date:27 March 2013

A short film on a research project by Sijbren Otto, who wants to create life in the lab via chemical evolution.

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